HC Deb 18 April 1902 vol 106 c656
* MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that on the 2nd instant, while the eviction of James Tansey, of Gurteen, County Sligo, on the De Freyne estate, was proceeding, the furniture of Tansey was thrown out on the road and broken by the bailiffs, and a trunk containing private letters was opened and examined by the police, and most of its contents carried away by them, and whether such action has the sanction of the Irish Government; and will he take steps to have these documents returned to Tansey.


The District Inspector of Constabulary and the Sub-Sheriff remonstrated with the bailiffs for roughly handling the furniture. The statement that the police opened a trunk, examined and carried away its contents, is without a particle of foundation.


May I inform the right hon. Gentleman that I am in a position to prove the accuracy of the statements contained in the question.


Order, order! The hon. Member cannot argue the matter now.